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Rooney Bill Ensures Narcan Use for First Responders


TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblyman Kevin J. Rooney introduced legislation today allowing law enforcement officers obtain, administer and dispense opioid antidotes without a prescription. 

“State law isn’t clear if the police need a prescription to possess and administer Narcan,” said Rooney (R-Bergen). “Their job is difficult enough. The police shouldn’t have to work under a cloud of uncertainty while giving a live saving antidote especially when there is an opioid overdose crisis.”

The bill (A4265) also grants immunity to first responders who administer the drug.

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“People can call 911 to report overdoses without legal consequences,” said Rooney (R-Bergen). “It’s common sense that first responders who administer an antidote be granted immunity as well.

“It’s natural instinct for emergency personnel to help people,” concluded Rooney. “While I doubt they would hesitate to save someone’s life, it’s important that they are protected from litigation.”

First responders administered Narcan more than 2,600 times between Jan. 1 and March 31 this year, according to state data.

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